Deadly Rutherford County tornado causes more damage than originally surveyed

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The path of that deadly tornado that ripped through Rutherford County late Monday night into early Tuesday morning was larger in scope than first thought.  

Rutherford County Emergency Management officials said it was three to three and a half miles long.  

Emergency management workers have since taken another drive around Christiana and found more homes and a few other structures damaged by the EF2 tornado.  

Officials said the path of the tornado began around Kingdom Road and extended all the way to Highway 231, which is also known as Shelbyville Highway.    

“We’ll be adding two more homes to the destroyed list, and I believe, it’s four more homes that are [in]habitable or major damage,” Rutherford County Emergency Management Assistant Director Tim Hooker said. “So, it’s going to consist of about a three-and-a-half-mile run.”  

Hooker said it’s probably a good thing it hit a rural part of the county because the devastation could have been worse.  

“While we are counting our blessings because this is so rural, we didn’t have an impact on a large community, which could have been catastrophic even at a high-level EF2,” Hooker said.  “You can see the damage this one put out if it was in a highly residential area it would have been much worse and catastrophic.”   

As of now officials, have not determined the total cost of the damage from the tornado.  

Angela “Angie” Walker was killed during the tornado when her home collapsed.  

On Wednesday, friends and family were at the home trying to salvage what they could.   

“One thing that was really important was her grandmother’s ring that was a family heirloom and we’ve been literally saying that this is trying to find a needle in a haystack, but today it was found by Katie and it was in her closet under a sweatshirt, which is funny because Angie always had a sweatshirt and offering sweatshirts to keep everybody warm,” friend Tamara Ludlam said.  “So, to find the thing that we knew was important for her family was underneath there was just another gift that we were given.  We found her grandfather’s Bible which was really important, and we were able to see his hand-writing in there.”  

Many people, including complete strangers, have stopped wanting to know how they can help.  

A make-shift memorial has been set up outside the home.   

A Facebook account has been set up to raise money for the family. Click here to donate.

Visitation for Walker will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Vision Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow.  

Walker was an adjunct psychology professor at Middle Tennessee State University. She is survived by her husband and two children.  

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